Thirty local students in need will be part of thousands participating from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in a nationwide back-to-school shopping spree sponsored by Target and the Salvation Army.

Each of the students, selected from youth programs operated by the Salvation Army, will be given a reusable shopping bag and $80 Target gift cards to purchase school supplies, clothing and other necessities, with the help of a volunteer chaperone, at the Target in Citadel Mall.

About 500 Target stores will take part, welcoming more than 12,000 students for the event intended to provide children with the tools necessary to succeed in school. The store gave a total of $1 million in the form of GiftCards and contributions to be distributed by the 40 nationwide divisions of the Salvation Army.

"It's a joy to see the excitement on the children's faces as they shop," said Capt. Thomas Richmond, commanding officer of the Salvation Army. "The help of those in our community such as the volunteers and Target help us in Doing the Most Good."